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Has Tokyo reached ‘peak city’?

Has Tokyo reached ‘peak city’?


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  1 Comments  •  2 days ago

Easyturn/Getty Tokyo is often described as crowded, mushrooming, figuratively bursting at the seams. Except, in many ways, it’s not. Unlike many megacities, the world’s largest metropolitan area...
In the future, will the English language be full of accented characters?

In the future, will the English language be full of accented characters?


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  3 Comments  •  one week ago

We've included accents in some words for a long time; after all, we like to steal words from languages such as French, Italian, and German. But they're not an official part of the English...
Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes

Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  3 Comments  •  one week ago

The 3-year-old boy who could upend a 40-year-old law aimed at protecting Native American children barreled into the suburban living room, merrily defying his parents’ prediction that he might be...
Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Took Charge

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Took Charge


By: john-russell  •  History & Sociology  •  7 Comments  •  one week ago

There were setbacks at Utah, as on every beach. Of the 360 United States bombers sent just before the landings to bomb the German beach defenses at Utah, 67 did not release their bombs: visibility...
Who’s Afraid of Arabic Numerals?

Who’s Afraid of Arabic Numerals?


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  1 Comments  •  one week ago

Should Americans, as part of their school curriculum, learn Arabic numerals? CivicScience, a Pittsburgh-based research firm, put that question to some 3,200 Americans recently in a poll seemingly...
In western France, a village remembers D-Day's 'secret massacre'

In western France, a village remembers D-Day's 'secret massacre'


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  4 Comments  •  2 weeks ago

After four years under German occupation, 12-year-old Marthe Rigault, awoken by the roar of aircraft overhead, watched as her parents warmed the foreign soldier with a flask of coffee. By dawn,...
Single Mothers Are Surging Into the Work Force

Single Mothers Are Surging Into the Work Force


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  1 Comments  •  2 weeks ago

Single mothers in the United States can face many barriers to employment, like finding affordable child care and predictable work schedules. For many, a sick child or a flat tire can mean a lost...
Seriously, Meryl Streep? 'Toxic masculinity' doesn't hurt men – it kills them

Seriously, Meryl Streep? 'Toxic masculinity' doesn't hurt men – it kills them


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  5 Comments  •  2 weeks ago

#NotAllMen, says Meryl Streep Meryl Streep isn’t a big fan of the phrase “toxic masculinity”, apparently. During a recent panel discussion about the new season of Big Little Lies the cast started...
Memorial Day - In Flanders Fields

Memorial Day - In Flanders Fields


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  41 Comments  •  3 weeks ago

Memorial Day is for those American servicemen and women that died in battle.  The Red Poppy and the poem Flanders Fields are know though out north America and much of the world.  This is the...
Decrypting the Alt-Right: How to Recognize a Fascist

Decrypting the Alt-Right: How to Recognize a Fascist


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  1 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

required for all website administrators About once a week, the inestimable Fred Clark posts "Smart people saying smart things", a short collection of worthwhile reading. This week he included a...
Unlearning the myth of American innocence

Unlearning the myth of American innocence


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  7 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

My mother recently found piles of my notebooks from when I was a small child that were filled with plans for my future. I was very ambitious. I wrote out what I would do at every age: when I...
Here’s Why the Birth Rate Is So Low in the United States

Here’s Why the Birth Rate Is So Low in the United States


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  7 Comments  •  one month ago

Millennials are blamed for a lot of things. They killed landline phones. They destroyed movie rental stores. They even get flack for the decline in bar soap use. Now they might be getting...
Name of Thrones: Parents are naming their kids after favorite 'GoT' characters

Name of Thrones: Parents are naming their kids after favorite 'GoT' characters


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  0 Comments  •  one month ago

By Joe Murphy For the 319 baby girls born and named Lyanna last year, “Game of Thrones” will never end. More parents are bestowing “Game of Thrones” character names on their children than ever,...
Ladies, Stop Trying to Have Sex Like Men

Ladies, Stop Trying to Have Sex Like Men


Via: vic-eldred  •  History & Sociology  •  266 Comments  •  one month ago

MAY 9, 2019 By Suzanne Venker In her book “Unprotected,” former campus psychiatrist Dr. Miriam Grossman introduces readers to Olivia, a college student at the University of California, Los...
Why the Bay of Pigs Invasion Went So Wrong

Why the Bay of Pigs Invasion Went So Wrong


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  29 Comments  •  one month ago

Before the break of dawn on April 15, 1961, a squadron of eight B-26 bombers piloted by Cuban exiles roared down a Nicaraguan airstrip on a secret mission. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency...
 'Senseless hate': the far right's deep roots in southern California

'Senseless hate': the far right's deep roots in southern California


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  3 Comments  •  one month ago

The murderous attack on the Poway synagogue in San Diego last weekend may have shattered some people’s image of southern California as a sunny, liberal enclave. But the region has for decades...
These Japanese-American Linguists Became America's Secret Weapon During WWII

These Japanese-American Linguists Became America's Secret Weapon During WWII


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  1 Comments  •  one month ago

In February 1942, a small group of members of a top-secret military language school defied orders. They slipped out of their headquarters in San Francisco and snuck toward their destination, a...
There Were American Nazi Summer Camps Across the US in the 1930s

There Were American Nazi Summer Camps Across the US in the 1930s


Via: krishna  •  History & Sociology  •  12 Comments  •  2 months ago

During the latter half of the 1930s, a surprising number of Nazi-themed summer camps sprouted across the United States. Organized locally and without the support of Germany, these summer outings...
‘Slave Bible’ removed passages to instill obedience and uphold slavery

‘Slave Bible’ removed passages to instill obedience and uphold slavery


Via: perrie-halpern  •  History & Sociology  •  58 Comments  •  2 months ago

Happy Andrew Natsios Day!

Happy Andrew Natsios Day!


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  2 Comments  •  2 months ago

Today is the 16th anniversary of Andrew Natsios’ appearance on ABC’s Nightline where, on behalf of the George W. Bush administration, the then-director of the U.S. Agency for International...
Lady Death: Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Greatest Female Sniper of All Time

Lady Death: Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Greatest Female Sniper of All Time


Via: dave-2693993  •  History & Sociology  •  3 Comments  •  2 months ago

Today, the region is called Ukraine and many historians will say the Rus has clear Ukrainian origin, nonetheless it was part of the Soviet Union at the time. I saw a movies last night titled...
Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind


Via: bob-nelson  •  History & Sociology  •  10 Comments  •  2 months ago

There’s an anecdote that Ruth Wilson Gilmore likes to share about being at an environmental-justice conference in Fresno in 2003. People from all over California’s Central Valley had gathered to...
Whooping Cough Killed 6,000 Kids a Year Before These Ex-Teachers Created a Vaccine

Whooping Cough Killed 6,000 Kids a Year Before These Ex-Teachers Created a Vaccine


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  13 Comments  •  2 months ago

After a long day in the laboratory in 1932, Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering walked out into the chilly Michigan evening with specially prepared petri dishes, called cough plates, in tow. The two...
'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due

'A Woman Of No Importance' Finally Gets Her Due


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  16 Comments  •  2 months ago

Virginia Hall is one of the most important American spies most people have never heard of. Her story is on display at the CIA Museum inside the spy agency headquarters in Langley, Va. — but this...
Why Ancient Rome Needed Immigrants to Become Powerful

Why Ancient Rome Needed Immigrants to Become Powerful


Via: kavika  •  History & Sociology  •  30 Comments  •  2 months ago

The Caesars embraced newcomers, less out of idealism than out of self-interest. BARRY STRAUSSHow “Roman” was the Roman Empire? Well, by some measures: not very. As the Roman emperors sought...
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